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    In Rhodesia the British politician, Mr. John Davies, has said that a reconciliation between the?

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    SV Britain's shadow foreign secretary, Mr. John Davies, sitting at table facing reporters (SILENT) (3 shots)

    SV Mr. Davies speaking

    DAVIES: "I have not reached definitive, clear-cut conclusions. But I at least begin to see certain things which seem to me clear indications of the kind of thinking I would like to put to my colleagues in London. The first of them is that there would be an immense advantage from the future of the country's point of view if the contesting interests could be reconciled and could be reconciled on a basis which would allow both of them some reasonable satisfaction as to their own aspirations. If in fact those conciliations proved possible then the truth is that the only proposal that stands in front of us that leads to a democratic election to a finality is the internal settlement. Because the alternative which is offered in those circumstances of non-conciliation is a fight to a finish. And a fight to a finish is not to my mind a formula which is acceptable to any of those people concerned with the future of Rhodesia outside. I think it is certain that if a British government as i have indicated had to face the fact that there was no compromise possible despite every effort it might have made to seek such a compromise, then it would be led to try and support that which is the only route leading to a democratic Zimbabwe."

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    Background: In Rhodesia the British politician, Mr. John Davies, has said that a reconciliation between the country's transitional government and the black Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance was 'just about achievable'. Mr. Davies, Foreign Affairs spokesman for the opposition Conservative Party, said on Saturday (8 July) if a reconciliation proved impossible then Britain should back the Salisbury settlement.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Davies made his comments at a news conference in Salisbury at the end of a three-day visit.

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